UN finds second black box of Air Algerie jet

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 02:22 a.m.

PARIS — French President Francois Hollande said Saturday he wants the remains of all passengers on the Air Algerie plane that fell from the sky and disintegrated to be brought to France and the site of this week's catastrophe marked with a memorial to the 118 who died.

UN peacekeepers in Mali found the second black box of the Air Algerie plane at the remote disaster site in the north, and the French president said the data and voice recorders must be analyzed as quickly as possible to determine the cause of the crash early Thursday.

Palace asks public to watch Sona

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 06:41 p.m.

MALACANANG urged on Saturday the public to watch and take part as President Benigno Aquino III delivers his fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday.

"We invite everyone to watch the Sona and take part in the national discussion on the state of our country, as we reflect on future endeavors and the gains we have collectively achieved these past four years," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Palace vows to assist poorest Filipinos as population hits 100M

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 06:28 p.m.

MALACANANG vowed on Saturday to strive harder to bring the poorest of the poor out of poverty after population experts said the country's population will hit 100 million on Sunday.

"Ang importante is kahit palaki na tayo nang palaki, we must be able to tailor fit our programs to help the fifth quintile of the population to be able to get out of that demographic. Ito naman ang importante sa pamahalaan," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Gunmen abduct girl in Oluntanga, Zamboanga Sibugay

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 04:41 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Five gunmen believed to be members of a kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG) have abducted the nine-year-old daughter of a businessman in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Saturday.

Zamboanga Peninsula Police Regional Office (PRO-9) information officer-in-charge Dahlan Samuddin said the incident occurred around 4:20 p.m. Friday in the village of Poblacion, Oluntanga town.

No deployment of OFW new hires in Kenya

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 02:13 p.m.

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is implementing a partial deployment ban in Kenya as it prohibited the sending of newly hired overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) there.

Based on POEA Governing Board Resolution 16-2014, newly hired OFWs are not allowed to be deployed to Kenya, where crisis alert level 2 has been raised by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

PHL to welcome 100 millionth Pinoy

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 02:02 p.m.

MANILA - The Philippines is set to welcome early morning Sunday its 100 millionth citizen.

Dr. Juan Antonio Perez III, Commission on Population (Popcom) Executive director, said the country's population is expected to hit 100 million on July 27 at 12:06 a.m. given the present rate of about three babies being born every minute.

Camping Fil-Am couple killed by tornado in US

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 01:53 p.m.

A FILIPINO-AMERICAN couple got killed Thursday (US time) after a tornado struck a camping site in Cape Charles, Virginia, United States (US).

In a statement, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. said that Lordy Balatbat and Lolabeth Ortega were killed after a tree fell on their tent at the height of tornado that hit the campsite in Virginia's eastern shore, which is four hours by car from Washington, DC

Giant acacia tree falls, blocks Carcar road

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 01:18 p.m.

CEBU -- A century-old acacia tree fell across the national road in Sitio Katugasan, Barangay Perrelos, Carcar City early morning Saturday, July 26.

The highway is still not passable and clearing operations are ongoing as of this posting.

Obama urges Latin leaders, Republicans to help

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 11:03 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.

He emphasized to the regional leaders that despite U.S. compassion for migrant children, those who do not have a proper claim to remain in the U.S. will be turned back.

Vatican defrocks 2 Chilean priests for sex abuse

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 02:02 a.m.

SANTIAGO, Chile — The Vatican has defrocked two Chilean priests for committing sex abuse against adults and at least one underage minor.

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